Posted on June 2, 2014
Fantasy Flight Game Center: The Review
Mike and I went to the Fantasy Flight Game Center in Roseville this Sunday. I was expecting Valhalla in the suburbs. I didn’t quite find it, it’s too clean for that and I was not served by Valkyries, but a good time was had.
I’d put the menu on par with the type of place that calls itself a coffee shop but doesn’t make me want to kill myself when I go in. So it has a small selection of snacks, sandwiches, burgers, etc. We had an order of truffle fries which were good and fairly priced ($3.95). The drink selection is thorough, coffee, tea, pop, beer and cider. There are three beers on tap (Surly Hell, Surly Somethingelse and Summit EPA) and a decent selection of cans and bottles.
There is an enormous amount of open table space. Easily the largest amount I’ve seen and although the place was busy it never felt full. They have some pretty kick ass scenery for 40K. The table space is accompanied by two rather large bookshelves packed full of games to play. No need to ask, just take a game and find a seat.
Mike and I played a game called Seven Wonders the premise of which is that you’re trying to build an ancient wonder of the world and the city surrounding it. Neither of us had played so we were just picking up the rules which made it a little difficult. It was quick and fun though and I would consider buying a copy someday.
One area for improvement would be the store itself. It had a very good selection of board games and 40K but was lacking in role playing material. They had a decent selection of Pathfinder stuff, no D&D and a few other games I hadn’t heard of. It’s better than a smaller game shop for this but the Source has much better selection. The staff was very friendly and helpful though. It was a far more welcoming environment than most games stores. I’d give it a solid A- overall.